Swastikas sprayed in Bnei Brak succa

"Heil Hitler" also found; incident is latest in string of anti-Semitic offences across the country.

October 2, 2007 16:38
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swastikas 298.88. (photo credit: Channel 1)

Police in Bnei Brak found swastikas spray-painted inside the succa of one of the town's synagogues on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by the words "Heil Hitler." The incident was the latest in a string of anti-Semitic offenses which have been reported recently across the country. Earlier Tuesday, vandals sprayed swastikas and derogatory graffiti on the Taiba Municipality walls in an apparent protest against the city's newly appointed Jewish mayor, Shlomo Tuizer, Israel Radio reported. Tuizer took office three months ago and hasn't been able to solve the city's financial debts, which have prevented it from paying its 400 employees for over two years. According to Tuizer, "the municipality has debts of over a quarter of a billion shekels, and it does not collect municipal property tax payments because of the lack of computer services." Tuizer added that he planned to fire over half of the municipality's employees after Ramadan, in an attempt to solve the financial crisis. On Sunday, a 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a succa in Haifa. The succa, located near a synagogue in Neve David, was set alight on Saturday night, and several prayer books - some of which had been defaced with swastikas and abusive graffiti - were hurled out. During his interrogation, the teen confessed to the allegations against him, as well as to recently etching swastikas into two vehicles and assaulting a 75-year-old Holocaust survivor, who claimed that that her attacker shouted "Heil Hitler" at her. Two weeks ago, the Tel Aviv District Attorney's Office revealed a lengthy charge sheet against alleged members of a neo-Nazi gang operating in the Petah Tikva area. The indictment sheet presented by prosecutor Ilan Shadi included aggravated assault on the basis of racism, as well as incitement and owning and distributing racist literature. Alleged gang leader Arik "Eli the Nazi" Boanayev, 20, faces additional charges, including carrying out threats and assault leading to injury. At least one other alleged group member is facing charges of illegal weapons possession, including firearms and explosives recovered by police. In August, swastikas were found spray painted on the floor of a Petah Tikva synagogue.

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